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Wonders Lead to … DISCOVERIES!

Posted by on October 23, 2014

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of the human being’s desire to understand.

~ Neil Armstrong

Phew! We KNOW what you are THINKING! FINALLY … a NEW post! It’s just that we’ve been very, VERY busy. Thank you for your patience … you are NOT going to be SORRY for the wait … we KNOW you’re going to enjoy THIS learning adventure! Are you COZY? It’s going to be a LONG one!!! 😉

We’ve been exploring Rocks and Minerals in Science. Lately, we’ve been CRAZY about GEODES! A few of us have been bringing in some of our treasures to share with everyone. A few geodes came in. Some of them held the most AMAZING tiny little crystals. Others were COMPLETE solid. A FEW of them looked like they were actually DYED! WHAT?!? Well … you know how THAT goes … and THEN we BEGAN to wonder!!!

How are geodes FORMED? How LONG does it take? Where do you FIND them? Can you REALLY dye them? Well … if you can DYE them … can you make FAKE geodes? Welcome to our AMAZING journey of WONDER! We’ve discovered some pretty AMAZING things about geodes! Did you know that geodes take millions of YEARS to form? Yup. It’s TRUE! And … people even DYE geodes so they look BRIGHTER! 

You can definitely tell when a geode has been dyed because the dye kind of "bleeds" onto the outside shell.

You can definitely tell when a geode has been dyed because the dye kind of “bleeds” onto the outside of the rock.

We were AMAZED to discover that geodes take MILLIONS of years to form. Even Mrs. RENTON didn’t know how geodes were formed. We ALL learned something pretty cool when we found out that they can even be formed in old abandoned animal burrows!!! It’s TRUE … but … it sure doesn’t happen over night! Our quest continued. If you can DYE geodes … can you make a FAKE geode? Surprisingly, the ANSWER is YES!

With some AMAZING help from volunteers like the FABULOUS Mr. B., we began to create our OWN geodes!

With some AMAZING help from volunteers like the FABULOUS Mr. B., we began to create our OWN geodes!

We needed VERY specific materials to do this:

  • washed, dried, “seeded” eggshells (some of us chose to do “snowflakes” instead … they are JUST as beautiful)
  • boiling water
  • borax (only do this with an adult because borax is a chemical … you want to wash your hands after handling it)
  • dye (the kind you use for clothes … food colouring isn’t strong enough)
  • a well washed VERY clean “big-mouthed jar (not too big otherwise it will use too much borax)
  • patience (because it takes at LEAST 24 hours for good-sized crystals to form)
Some of us decided to do "snowflakes" instead. That meant we needed to cut a pipe cleaner into three equal pieces then suspend it from string into our jars.

Some of us decided to do “snowflakes” instead. That meant we needed to cut a pipe cleaner into three equal pieces then suspend it from string into our jars.

What follows are our reflections: 

“First step: you put hot water in your jar. Second step: put borax in then stir the borax. Third step: put in a colour. Fourth step: stir the colour that you picked. Fifth step: leave it until it has tons of crystals on it.” ~Adam

“I love how my geode looks like a tiny city the way it sparkles. It looks totally natural. We made them with this borax, hot water, glass jars, and shirt dye. I wonder why they get so shiny.” ~Shaye

“My geode is really cool, in my opinion! I hope I can make a snowflake at home. I hope I remember what to do! I THINK here’s what to do for the geode: take a no yolk egg. Wash it out very good. Take a jar … a CLEAN jar and put boiling water in it. Put borax in the egg. Then, put clothing dye in the jar. Mix VERY good. I wonder how the borax and the boiling water makes stars?” ~Faith

The clothing dye creates much richer, more vibrant colours than food colouring.

The clothing dye creates much richer, more vibrant colours than food colouring.

“I picked blue because my birthstone is aquamarine and aquamarine is blue. How we made the crystals on the geodes? It looked so cool! It looks really, really real! Plus, we are going to put sand on them and it will look even more realistic! Mr. B. helped us put 3 tablespoons of borax and 1 cup of hot water. Then, we mixed the borax until it’s see-through. I wonder if I can make my name out of borax, hot water and pipe cleaners?” ~Haya

“I loved the sparking obsidian-looking dark purple crystals shining inside of the fake geode. The light caught the purple crystals, making them sparkle. We made them with borax to make the crystals! Some of the ingredients included: borax, boiling water, shirt dye, eggshells and a jar. My Grandpa came in to help us and he was incredible because he helped us measure the cups of borax and measure the water to pour. I wonder what ELSE borax is for.” ~Marcus

“I dyed mine green but it turned out kinda blackish! We made them with borax and hot water in a glass jar. My snowflake is a bit skinnier than all the others but I like that really much. I wonder why it turned out black.” ~Liam

We had jars of borax EVERYWHERE! It was SO exciting but it was VERY hard to be patient!

We had jars of borax EVERYWHERE! It was SO exciting but it was VERY hard to be patient!

“Our materials: borax, egg shell, hot water, glue, spoon. First, we poured a half cut of hot water. Not a moment too soon … we put three tablespoons of borax in the water. After that we stirred and stirred and stirred until it was clear. Finally, we put a paper white eggshell with borax inside the boiling hot water. And the challenge began. Every morning since, I dashed to the break-out room window. It felt like MONTHS had past. Until now we got a glimpse at everybody’s. They scientifically looked life like. I wonder how tall was the biggest geode?” ~Riley

“My geode is so shiny from the inside. It’s crystally from the outside. It is beautiful. I wonder why we have to use hot water.” ~Alvin

“How you make geodes. Step one: take borax and then pour it into a cup of boiling hot water. Step two: put the eggshell in the water. Make sure that the eggshell fits in the jar. Then you add shirt dye into it. Right after that you stir with a spoon until you see no cloud in it. You wait and wait and wait until you see crystals and … you’re done! I wonder if you have to use the borax to make the crystals.” ~Anita

“This is how we made our geodes. Step 1: first we pour really hot water into the jar. Step 2: then we put 3 spoons of borax in. Then you mix it until it is clear. Step 3: then you put in the clothing dye. After you stir up the dye. You slowly place the egg into the jar. then wait 15 hours. Check your crystals. If there are crystals, lots of them, then pull it out with a spoon. If there are not crystals then try putting them in for a bit longer. They look very cool and shiny. The blue crystals turned out REALLY beautiful. I chose red like rubies because I like how they’re all red and shiny. I wonder if every rock can make a geode.” ~Carter

Ooh! They're SO beautiful ... but ... they are NOT finished yet. This is our FIRST peek!

Ooh! They’re SO beautiful … but … they are NOT finished yet. This is our FIRST peek!

“My geode is SO pretty. It has, well, a MILLION cazillion crystals. That’s what I think when I look on it. One side shimmers. Inside it’s a little dark but you can still see. I wonder what would happen if I put borax and mixed but not until it was clear.” ~Marah

“I wonder how the borax mixed in with the clothing dye. I did not think that it would turn out spectacularly like it did. I wonder how crystals formed because whenever I make crystals I need to use epsom salt. My brain wonders how and why crystals grow on a pipe cleaner because I think that that is really CRAZY! The materials we used for great snowflakes are: clothing dye, boiling water, pipe cleaners, wool, glass jar and a marker. The snowflake looks like there are reflections on it. If you look closely you can see a little bit of the white pipe cleaner I used. This is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever made in my life before.” ~Colby

Ahh! My EYES! The geode is so shiny! It looks so spectacular. I wonder if I put it in water again if it would grow a lot bigger. I wonder if I put in dye again it would turn rainbow too. It is glowing so much. I wonder if I could fake sell it for lots of money. I want to do it at home so badly! All you do to make them is get boiling water and put borax in it and then mix it up until it’s not cloudy anymore and then put the dye in. Put the egg shell in next. Wait a day or two. And, then take it out and you have a geode. But, that’s not it. You still need to let it dry. after, put glue all around the outside than then dip it in sand and let it dry and that’s it. That’s how to make a geode. Now, all you need to do is have fun with your geodes.” ~William

Ohh! ANOTHER sneak peek! We can't WAIT to put the finishing touches on!

Ohh! ANOTHER sneak peek! We can’t WAIT to put the finishing touches on!

“I’m really proud I made a snowflake. It’s really cool but I am not bragging. I chose royal blue because that’s my birthstone colour: sapphire. And, it’s my favourite colour. Did you know that sapphire is the strongest mineral? I wonder what is the next strongest mineral? I also want to say that the geodes were extremely cool too. It’s cool how minerals can form. Mr. B is rally good with kids like us! I wonder if he is coming back soon?” ~Sofie

“At first, we started making the geodes and we thought it would take one day for the crystals to form. But, it actually took two days for the crystals to form. We needed a clean glass jar, a clean egg shell, borax, boiling hot water, and red, purple,, green or blue dye to make the geodes. When I was mixing the borax, boiling hot water and dye I saw the dye getting darker. I wonder how many days it would take to make a bigger geode. My geode was purple because I thought it was the original geode colour. My geode has a lot of very shiny crystals. Did you know that these are fake geodes? Real ones are up to 1000 years old.” ~Robert

“Did you know that you could make a FAKE geode? This is what you need: borax, a clean jar, a clean egg.” ~Olivia

“So, how I created my geode. You buy borax and use hot water. And, if you want colour, you buy dye. To get colour you pour the water on then you put the borax and then you stir it up and then you put the dye in if you want. And, then you stir it up. Oh ya. You have to clean the egg and put it in the jar. And then you wait two days. I wonder if geodes can change.” ~Thomas

Yup ... SUCH an exciting journey!

Yup … SUCH an exciting journey!

“Here is what I can’t believe. When you look  VERY closely with a magnifying glass, the inside looks ladies and gentlemen BLACK! I can’t believe that it looks black. I mean … that’s INSANE! I wonder if it would work with tide laundry powder. Most of the class, including me, think blue and red look the best. WOW. You can kind of stare on the inside of the geode … I think it looks exquisite! Thomas thinks his geode got disturbed. I hope not.” ~Mani

“The coolest thing was making them. First you had to put hot water. Next you get a paper.” ~Saadia

“Yay! My very first look at a geode. I think I am proud of my work because it is cool and I worked hard to get it to shape. I can’t wait to bring it home when my mom and dad’s face see it they’re gonna be proud of me. I just know it. I wonder if I could do the experiment at home but first I need to get the materials so I can do it. Or, I can make a snowflake. I wonder if this will work at home. I don’t know.” ~Luisa

“I made a snowflake. wow! So how I made this snowflake: you need borax and hot water and coloured dye and the last thing is a jar. So you are going to pour hot water in the jar. Then you are going to put borax in the jar. Then you are going to get a spoon and stir it all up. I wonder if you can do it without borax.” ~Prayers

We're all feeling very, VERY proud of our creations!

We’re all feeling very, VERY proud of our creations!

“My geode is a clear purple with a touch of sparkles. When you feel the inside of it it feels like a real crystal! I wonder if when you break the eggshell open will the inside of the eggshell be white? Is the dye that strong? I don’t want to break mine but I’m still curious. We used the following: borax, clothing dye and finally an eggshell washed very carefully.” ~Aleah

“On my way to school today I was thinking about my fake geode. it would be AWESOME! After lunch my teacher handed out our geodes. Mine has a little crack but it is still awesome! first, the crystals looked a little blackish. Then, it turned into dark green. And the shell was blue! Silly, don’t you think? There’s a small piece that fell out of it. I am very gentle to it because it is very delicate. The shell was an eggshell. And, the crystals formed by borax. The green was very good and the colour was made from dye. I wonder how the borax changes into crystals. I wonder what happens if you don’t put dye in it.” ~Bryan

“I’m glad I didn’t make a geode! These snowflakes are uncanny! I took a magnifying glass and took a really good look at it and I could see the crystals glistening in the sun. It’s made with: borax, clothing dye, a jar, hot water, pipe cleaners and a ruler. What you do with the ruler is: you measure the pipe cleaner up to the ruler, and then get some scissors.” ~Oliver (to be finished tomorrow).

“” ~Roxanne (to be finished tomorrow).

You’d THINK that would be the END of the “fake geode” adventure … but … it’s NOT! We had a LOVELY volunteer come in to help us glue SAND to the OUTSIDE of each of our geodes … to make them look even MORE realistic. We don’t quite know WHAT happened … because we didn’t get a SINGLE picture of Mrs. D. working with us to help us put the sand on and make special little BOXES to keep them in! It’s STRANGE because Mrs. Renton is camera CRAZY. We wonder if the fire drill in the middle of the afternoon put her off her groove?!!? We had SO much fun working with Mrs. D. and the boxes will keep our geodes and snowflakes SAFE!

WAIT! The learning STILL isn't over!!! Ugh ... who thought MATH would creep into this?!?

WAIT! The learning STILL isn’t over!!! Ugh … who thought MATH would creep into this?!? Ahh, yes possums … math creeps into ALL aspects of life! Are you ready for ANOTHER adventure?!?

Cotton Ball Math

This was a TOUGH challenge! WOULD there be ENOUGH cotton balls in Mrs. Renton's old bag of cotton balls? Or would she need to buy some more?Hmm. Off to work!

This was a TOUGH challenge! WOULD there be ENOUGH cotton balls in Mrs. Renton’s old bag of cotton balls? Or would she need to buy some more? Hmm. Off to work!

Luckily, we discovered that we DIDN’T need to send Mrs. Renton out for MORE cotton balls. There would be TEN left over in the bag! Phew! THAT was CLOSE! What’s AMAZING, though, is how DIFFERENTLY we all worked through this problem. We SHARED some of our thinking with one another and learned a LOT about the different ways you can work through problems. Check THESE possibilities out:

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All in all, this was an AMAZING learning journey! Just LOOK at how gorgeous our treasures are:

The boxes and the cotton balls COMPLETE the process! THANK you, Mrs. D.

The boxes and the cotton balls COMPLETE the process!

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

~ Walt Streightiff

Thank you to Mr. B. and Mrs. D. for helping us to "fake" our OWN geodes ... and special snowflakes! You ROCK!

Thank you to Mr. B. and Mrs. D. for helping us to “fake” our OWN geodes … and special snowflakes! You ROCK!

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.

~ G.K. Chesterton

13 Responses to Wonders Lead to … DISCOVERIES!

  1. Sarah

    Hello Hawks! This blog post made my mouth drop open! I was so amazed by the way you made your fake geodes and snowflakes. I never knew that was possible! Your reflections on the process were so honest and descriptive. It really helps your readers feel like we are right there in the class with you!

    I once saw a geode that was huge – it would have come up to Mrs. Renton’s shoulder! It was on display in a museum, and was purple inside. Isn’t it incredible what nature can do?!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Sarah!

      We liked your comment. We love that our blog post made your mouth drop open. Every time we write a blog post we really hope it makes our readers feel like they’re right here learning with us and hanging out in the classroom! We’re happy that you liked our fake geodes and snowflakes … we had so much fun making them! It’s funny but … we found a website that showed us how to “fake a geode” … and then, right after that, we found a recipe in our very OWN crystal books!!!

      If you like geodes … you should watch the Lost Crystal Caves documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLdSJmvcUs … it is AMAZING. The caves are in Mexico. Some of the crystals can grow up to 46 feet … or more … and some can weigh up to 46 tonnes … or more! The caves are like 1000 metres down into the earth. The scientists who choose to go into these caves to do research have to wear special suits with ice packs so that they don’t overheat … even then … they can only last about 45 minutes in the caves! If they DON’T wear the suits they will only last 5 minutes in the extreme heat! Some of the crystals are sharp enough to cut skin! It’s about 130 degrees Fahrenheit and has about 93% humidity. Wow!

      Thanks for your awesome comment, Sarah! Let us know what you think of the Crystal Caves video, if you get the chance to watch it!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  2. Stacie

    WOW! Your geodes look amazing! I love how the sand on the outside makes them look like real rocks! One of you asked what else BORAX is used for. People have been using BORAX for over 100 years for cleaning and to add to their laundry detergent! Did you know BORAX can also be used as an ingredient in a recipe to make your own ‘slime’ and ‘bouncy balls’?
    I love how the Blogging Hawks always take the time to thank the volunteers who come in and help. It must make you and the volunteers feel really happy!
    Keep posting Hawks!

  3. Mehdi

    I agree very much with Mr. Walt Streightiff. Mani was so excited with this experiment that we have a few jars arranged on our kitchen counter at home waiting for geodes to be made 🙂

  4. Renee

    AMAZING!! What creative scientist you are. I’m learning so much from your blogs. Your classroom sounds like so much fun. Thank you for sharing and teaching me about how the make geodes. I look forward to learning some more from such creative minds.

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Renee!

      Thank you for your awesome comment!

      We are happy that you are learning stuff from our blog. We have fun SHARING our learning through the blog! We hear that you’ve been making them at HOME! We think that’s FABULOUS!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  5. Leigh Ann

    Your geodes look great! What a fun science experiment! I love all the interesting things your class is doing this year! Sure makes learning FUN!! Thank you for sharing all the activities of your classroom on your blog so we can all see into the classroom while we are at work!!

    Keep up the great work!

    Leigh Ann

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Leigh Ann!

      Thank you SO much for the lovely comment! We love that you check out our blog and leave comments. Making the geodes and the snowflakes was fun. We are SO happy that you loved learning about how we made our geodes and snowflakes. Have YOU ever made a geode or snowflake? We’re glad that you love all the interesting things that we are doing in our class!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  6. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Bloggers,

    This has been an incredibly busy year for me. I work with a local school’s Parents and Citizens Association to help in fund raising and also make CDs and DVDs for schools and community groups. At present I am working a two CDs and a DVD for an adult choir and a DVD of a school play. Before the end of the year, I have to produce a DVD for another school as well as a DVD of a dancing school’s performance and have been asked to produce a cinema ad for a local country show yet, despite being so busy, I just had to take time off to read and comment on this brilliant post. I loved reading about your crystal geodes and stars and know, when I have time, I will just have to try the experiment myself.

    Being a person of many words, I had to produce an extended comment in order to share all I wanted. You will find it on my Extended Comments for Students blog by clicking the link below. Some time in the not too distant future, I will post my 200th post on this blog and have my 100,000th visitor. Isn’t blogging amazing?

    http://rossmannellcomments.edublogs.org/2014/11/24/crystals-geodes-and-discovering-answers-to-wonders/

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Ross!

      Thank you SO much for the AMAZING comment … it was SO good and so FULL of interesting information that it made our MOUTHS drop open! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy filming schedule to write each and every one of us … and turn your comment into an extended comment BLOG post! We learned a TON from your amazing blog post to us and we loved all the pictures of YOUR collection! Some of us wonder if the blue crystals in YOUR crystal geode collection are sapphire?

      It sounds like you are crazy about rocks like US! Most of us thought that the diamond made out of glass, in your collection, was a REAL diamond … good thing we read the fine print! We think a diamond THAT size would be worth billions of dollars! We didn’t know that diamonds could come in SO many colours!

      We wonder if you were crazy about rocks when YOU were a kid. Since we’ve been learning about rocks, this year, some of us have been collecting rocks and making our own collections bigger. A few of us even have special spots in our rooms where we have our rocks out on display!

      Did you take chemistry in high school? A few of us think that it would be interesting … but … we’re still pretty young and have lots of time before we decide on our junior high and high school courses … or careers!

      We were really lucky that Mr. B. came in to help pull small groups of students out to try an experiment that Mrs. Renton found when we were investigating if you could make “fake geodes”. Most of our geodes and snowflakes have turned white now. It makes us a little sad because we really love them when they are bright and vibrant colours. But … we did some research and discovered that borax crystals do that when they get a little older because they are dehydrating. Our climate is VERY dry. We wonder if they would dehydrate as quickly if we lived in a humid climate like beside the ocean! Hmm. We also wonder if YOU’VE made one yet?

      Thanks for the Crystal Art recipe! A few of us think we’re going to try it at home!

      Thank you for helping us to learn EVEN more, Ross!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Blogging Hawks,

        Are the blue crystals sapphires? Sadly, no. The photo I used showed incorrect colour. They should have appeared a little more purple as they are amethyst crystals. Did you know when amethyst crystals are exposed to X-ray radiation, they become clear, i.e. they become plain quartz?

        Diamond? I wish it was although I wouldn’t be able to afford to keep it. The glass weighs in at 206 carats* (41.2g or 1.46oz). Considering an 8 carat diamond might sell for possibly $200,000, I would have a very valuable diamond. The glass one only cost me a few dollars.
        * carats are a weight measure used to value gemstones

        Interested in rocks as a kid? Yes, I was and would pick up interesting rocks. I should still have some samples from back then.

        Did I take chemistry in high school? I can go one better, while it was not my major study, I did do some chemistry in university as part of my science degree. My majors were in zoology (animal biology) and psychology.

        Climate… It can be quite humid where I live now but not as much as if I was in far northern Australia where the climate is tropical. My first school as a full time teacher was also in a very dry climate. It was in the far west of my state where drought was common and greeted me when I arrived. I can remember we had a very warm two weeks once. Temperatures in the shade reached around 47C maximum, that is around 116F yet humidity was very low. When rains come, the flat countryside out there can flood.
        Drying is slower in humid conditions because the air has a higher moisture content.

        Have I made a geode yet? I had a very busy second half of last year and it’s been a funny start to the year. I have already been filming for our local country show as well as filming at our Australia Day (Australia’s national day each Jan 26) celebrations and just today I was speaking to a group about making a 2.5 minute video clip to help them fund raise for a nature reserve so I haven’t taken the time as yet.

        Blogging – This year will see my blog have its 100,000th visitor as well as its 200th post so I have some ideas in store as a thank you for those visiting. Some cute little stuffed guys I purchased from fundraisers groups are going to be looking for a new home. More details will appear on the blog some time this year.

        Keep blogging. Learning is a lifelong journey.

        Ross Mannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  7. The Blogging Hawks

    Hi Ross!

    That was FAST … considering it has taken us SO long to respond to your amazing extended comment to us about rocks and minerals!

    Oh, oh! We have MORE wonders! We wonder how the x-ray radiation sucks the colour out of the amethyst crystals and turns them into regular CLEAR quartz crystals. That’s weird!

    We think that the diamond would be worth 4 million dollars if it was real. We rounded the 8 carats to 10 and the 206 carats to 200 … and, if an 8 or 10 carat diamond is worth 200 000 dollars, (wow), then … a 200 carat diamond is worth 20 times MORE! Gulp! So … 4 million is what we think!!! That’s a TRIPLE gulp!

    Those two weeks, when the temperature was 47 degrees Celsius, must have been VERY uncomfortable weeks. We wonder if those kinds of temperatures happen very often in Australia … it sure doesn’t in Calgary. We think the hottest temperature ever recorded in Calgary was 36.1 degrees Celsius in 1919 and 1933!

    Your blog has 75 000 more hits than our blog does! We were also wondering how many years you have been doing your blog because you have so many hits! 200 hundred post is a LOT! We wonder how you have TIME to make all these posts and wonderful comments to classes around the world when you have so much filming to do! Your AMAZING … you must not SLEEP!

    The Blogging Hawks 🙂

    • Ross Mannell

      Hi all,

      Have you ever had one of those moments when you realise something you have said isn’t quite correct? This is what happened when I mentioned x-ray radiation and amethyst. Here is what should have been listed…

      Amethyst, when exposed to high temperatures (450C to 750C) tends to change colour or become colourless. When exposed to x-ray radiation their original colour can return. I had it the wrong way around. Its to do iron (Fe) impurities in the crystals.

      Now a secret about diamonds… I should be able to pick up an uncut diamond on Tuesday. I am uncertain of the size but a local jeweller knew I was interested in adding one to my collection. Before you get too excited, it will only be industrial quality and won’t be suitable for cutting but it will be a cheap diamond. I’ll share a picture and some information if I decide to buy it.

      Calgary highest at 36.1… Our state of Western Australia had been having a major heatwave recently. One town renowned for its high temperatures reached 50C (122F). Even in my town, temperatures in the 40s can occur in summer but, being near the sea, they aren’t as common as inland.
      A rule we had in schools when I was your age and living in Sydney was children could go home if temperatures exceeded 120F (49C) for more than an hour. We possibly had one yearly on average in summers. These days safety concerns doesn’t allow this but many schools have air conditioning, especially in the western inland areas.

      Blogging – I started my Extended Comments blog in May, 2012 and didn’t think it would catch so much interest. May, 2015 will see it reach its third birthday. Last school year’s Battalion class found themselves part of the celebrations. Here is a link to my blog’s birthday post…
      http://rossmannellcomments.edublogs.org/2014/05/22/happy-2nd-birthday-extended-comments-for-students/

      How do I have time? – Time can be a problem for many of us.
      An old saying says, “We all have the same 24 hours in a day.” This may be true but some of us pack a lot in those 24 hours.
      Towards the end of 2014, I was very busy with filming, photography, CD and DVD production for schools and community groups. I was also President of my local school’s Parents and Citizens group helping raise funds for the school. Adding to this, these days I am my mother’s carer so days can be very full and blogging time tight but I love doing it all.
      At the top of my blog, I listed my six word autobiography*…
      Seeking ways to make a difference.
      A life is well spent if we find ways to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
      I do try to make time for about 6 hours sleep each day. 🙂

      Ross Mannell
      Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

      *autobiography – A story of your life written by you.
      I was once challenged to write my autobiography in only 6 words.

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